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Method Studios Recruiting Matte Painter, Nuke Compositor, Lighter & Layout Artist

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Matte Painter

Category: Matte Painter
Company: Method Studios Vancouver
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Responsibilities

The Digital Matte Painter works closely with the VFX Supervisor to realize the client’s vision. The position requires a high degree of technical skill and artistic judgment. The Matte Painter is responsible for creating photoreal environments and landscapes, as well as creating elements and textures for matching into live action plates or standing as their own matte painting plates. They must also have a sound knowledge and understanding of visual effects pipelines, production and implementation, as well as the ability to work well in a team.

Duties

Create synthetic backgrounds and environments to match the overall look and needs of a given project based on concept art and/or photo reference
Integrating matte paintings into 3D environments using Maya and/or Nuke
Contribute to the visual and technical attributes of productions
Assist in troubleshooting background components created
Consult with clients and other artists on the team as required

Qualifications

Minimum of 3 years experience as a digital matte painter in a production environment for live action projects, preferably on feature films
Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
Experience with 3D Maya software and strong compositing and 3D projection skills in Nuke
A good understanding of 2D and 3D workflows within a production environment
Knowledge of design, photography, and digital processes an asset
Ability to work under tight deadlines
Possess a strong understanding of light, colour and perspective
Possess excellent artistic communication skills, as well as an excellent eye for detail
Flexibility to produce concept art from scratch is a plus
Knowledge of Vue software is a plus

Apply here:- http://www.methodstudios.com/apply/matte-painter-8
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Nuke Compositor

Category: Compositor
Company: Method Studios Vancouver
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Working closely with the Compositing Supervisor and Comp Lead, the Nuke Compositor will integrate CG elements and matte paintings into live action plates. This will encompass matching color, lighting, and exposure of stock elements to rendered or photographed elements, matte extractions from blue/green screen photography, the transformation and warping of elements as needed, 2D/3D camera tracking, graining and degraining as necessary, paint fixes and rotoscoping, as well as matte edge processing and integration.

Responsibilities and Duties

matching color, lighting, and exposure of stock elements to rendered or photographed elements
matte extractions from blue/green screen photography
transform and warp elements as needed
2D/3D camera tracking
grain and degrain as necessary
paint fixes and rotoscoping
matte edge processing and integration

Qualifications

minimum 4 years of node-based compositing software experience (Nuke, Shake, Fusion)
experience with Keylight, Primatte or Ultimatte
knowledge of projection mapping
Maya experience a plus
sound aesthetic with good understanding of color, contrast, and lighting design
knowledge of film resolution and aspect ratios
strong problem-solving skills
strong interpersonal and communication skills
team player with great attitude
dependable and flexible
takes direction well and exercises close attention to detail

Apply here:- http://www.methodstudios.com/apply/nuke-compositor-1
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Lighter

Category: Other
Company: Method Studios Vancouver
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

The Lighter is responsible for hands on operation of a CG workstation to create desired lighting effects across shots and sequences. The position requires a high degree of technical skill and artistic judgment. Although more of an artistic role than a technical role, some technical understanding is beneficial. The lighter must be able to balance artistic requirement with the technical limitations of the software and hardware employed.

Responsibilities and Duties

• Work with and support the Lead Lighter, CG Supervisor and VFX Supervisor to fulfill the creative vision of the show within technical parameters
• Help create and/or modify lighting templates, as required
• Troubleshoot technical production issues, as required
• Must work within the Method pipeline and publish tools and scripts as prescribed
• Must manage own disc space to fit within quota
• Communicate creative and technical issues effectively
• Be aware of inefficiencies in any area of the pipeline that are impacting the lighting artists’ ability to work efficiently, and flag these issues as necessary
• Work to help correct inefficiencies with the artists and TDs available
• Other miscellaneous duties as required from time-to-time by the Lighting Lead

Qualifications

• Minimum two years experience as a lighter on live action, feature film projects
• Excellent artistic skills, with a particular emphasis on real-world lighting/photography an asset
• Full understanding of colour theory and LUTs
• Expert knowledge of Maya and/or possibly Houdini
• Tool building and scripting knowledge an asset (Python, hscript, mel, bash)
• Knowledge of one or more of the following renderers, depending on show requirements: vray, mantra, mentalray, renderman
• Knowledge of Nuke and Photoshop an asset
• Demonstrable ability to communicate creative and technical thoughts and ideas
• Able to take directions and adaptable to change
• Good at improvising and problem-solving
• Linux experience preferred

Apply here:- http://www.methodstudios.com/apply/lighter-1
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Layout Artist

Category: Other
Company: Method Studios Vancouver
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

The role of the Layout Artist includes preparing, checking, publishing and trouble-shooting scenes in and out of various areas in the pipeline. Working under the direction of the Layout Supervisor or CG Supervisor, the Layout Artist collaborates with other 3D Leads including Animation, Modeling, Lighting and any other appropriate disciplines.

Duties

• Work with various departments to ensure data being provided and received meets the quality and technical needs of the relevant departments
• Troubleshoot and where possible fix issues before a scene is sent to other departments
• As appropriate, develop techniques to ensure the requested animated geometry will integrate into a photorealistic environment.
• Respond quickly to notes from the VFX/DFX or CG Supervisor(s) to ensure best possible quality is maintained.
• Optimize scenes to ensure best throughput of data
• Other duties as appropriate to the role and determined by supervisors

Qualifications

• Experience in Maya, Nuke, and Houdini is an asset
• Able to take directions and adaptable to change
• Good at improvising and problem-solving
• Linux experience preferred

Apply here:- http://www.methodstudios.com/apply/layout-artist
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